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  • To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhone’s camera

    01/13/2015 11:09:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 92 replies
    The Verge ^ | January 13, 2015 10:11 am | By Vlad Savov
    Speed kills, and the iPhone goes from 0 to a good picture faster than anything else I was at Intel’s CES booth, composing a photo with my Android smartphone, when a pair of anonymous hands thrust a shining iPhone 6 Plus into my line of vision. A nonchalant tap of the camera shutter button later, the hands were pulling back, having captured a stupendously clear and sharp picture on the first attempt. By the time I’d completed my routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself, the dude who’d beaten me to a better shot with none of the effort...
  • North Korea says new U.S. sanctions for Sony hack will only 'harden its will'

    01/04/2015 6:17:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 1/04/15 | Julie Makinen
    BEIJING — North Korea on Sunday denounced new economic sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in response to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that U.S. officials have blamed on the regime. The country's official news agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the new sanctions would only "harden its will and resolution to defend ... the dignity of the nation." The new penalties —which cut off access to the U.S. financial sector for 10 individuals and three government entities identified as key operatives engaged in hostile behavior, including the country's intelligence agency — add to sanctions imposed...
  • N. Korea: U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years

    01/04/2015 4:21:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.02.15 | Shane Harris
    Gotcha? 01.02.15 U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years American spies have detailed dossiers on the North Koreans who the U.S. says were behind the Sony attack. But the still-secret evidence likely won’t convince skeptics. The FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies for years have been tracking the hackers who they believe to be behind the cyber attack on Sony, according to current and former American officials. And during that long pursuit, U.S. agencies accumulated still-classified information that helps tie the hackers to the recent Sony intrusion. The Obama administration announced a round of sanctions against North Korea Friday,...
  • Bill Richardson: Kim Jong Un a 'victim' of bad publicity

    01/03/2015 4:08:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 2, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a “victim” of bad publicity, according to Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador. “He has been the victim, Kim Jong Un, of a lot of bad press, a lot of bad international attention, with the Sony hacking, with [being] taken to the International Criminal Court by some U.N. countries, a number of other very destabilizing moves that he has made, shooting the missiles, nuclear testing,” Richardson said on Friday on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall.”
  • Crippling Sony hack 'was the work of a disgruntled former employee named "Lena" who was laid off'

    01/02/2015 2:28:35 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-1-2015 | Joel Christie and Sara Malm
    Cybersecurity experts have given a detailed outline to the FBI about the hack attack against Sony Pictures, insisting it was not the work of North Korea but a group of current and former employees who shared a 'mutual hatred' for the company. While the FBI and Sony have announced they believe Pyongyang carried out the hack - claims that were denied by leader Kim Jong-un - independent security officials have been coming forward for the past week saying most of the evidence points to an inside job. Silicon Valley security firm Norse, which provides intelligence to companies to prevent their...
  • Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions On North Korea, After Sony Hack

    January 02, 2015 FoxNews.comThe Obama administration on Friday imposed a wave of sanctions against members of the North Korean government, amounting to the U.S. government's first official response to the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite lingering questions from private security analysts over whether North Korea was responsible for the hack -- as the FBI has alleged -- the White House described the new sanctions as retaliation against Pyongyang. "We take seriously North Korea's attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right...
  • [N. Korea]Brow you see them: Kim Jong-un sports bizarre shrunken eyebrows in 2015 speech

    01/02/2015 8:35:47 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    SCMP ^ | 02 January, 2015 | Alex Millson
    Brow you see them: Kim Jong-un sports bizarre shrunken eyebrows in 2015 speech PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 January, 2015, 9:15am UPDATED : Friday, 02 January, 2015, 1:47pm Alex Millson alex.millson@scmp.com When Kim Jong-un delivered his New Year message offering to participate in high-level talks with South Korea, the setting, his outfit and posture were all strikingly similar to those he adopted exactly two years earlier. Two things, however, appeared radically different - the North Korean leader’s eyebrows. In what appeared to be a case of severe over-plucking, Kim’s brows appeared to be significantly shorter than on earlier occasions, sitting above...
  • Sony hacker threat against CNN ´is a hoax´: Nashville writer claims credit for post

    12/31/2014 7:52:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/31/14 | Michael Zennie
    A hacking threat against CNN that rose to the FBI attention is actually a hoax, claims a freelance writer from Tennessee who is claiming responsibility for the post. David Garrett Jr., from Nashville, says he we the one who posted to the anonymous site ´pastebin´ claiming to be Sony hackers the ´Guardians of Peace.´ It included the bizarre demand that CNN should turn over anchor Wolf Blitzer. It is believed that the FBI issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin based on that post that warned CNN and other media companies that hack attacks could be in the works.
  • New evidence Sony hack was ‘inside’ job, not North Korea

    12/31/2014 3:22:50 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/30/2014 | Post Staff Report
    US cybersecurity experts say they have solid evidence that a former employee helped hack Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer system — and that it was not masterminded by North Korean cyberterrorists. One leading cybersecurity firm, Norse Corp., said Monday it has narrowed its list of suspects to a group of six people — including at least one Sony veteran with the necessary technical background to carry out the attack, according to reports. The investigation of the Sony hacking by the private companies stands in stark contrast to the finding of the FBI, which said Dec. 19 its probe traced the hacking...
  • Laughing at the Axis of Evil is Funny No More

    12/30/2014 7:34:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Sony Pictures is triumphant today because their release of the North Korea-inspired comedy The Interview by Seth Rogen and James Franco had an estimated sales of $15 million over the weekend from largely online sales. The movie was schedule to be released in about 3,000 theaters, but because of “terror” threats, it was released in a limited number of theaters and online.The revenue is about $5,000 per canceled theater, or about 300 people per theatre. Kind of light traffic for a new release with a great deal of publicity surrounding it. Count it another triumph however for a renegade state...
  • The Wisdom of Peace Through Strength

    12/31/2014 6:41:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    It was extremely encouraging to see the United States and Sony eventually stand up to the cyberbullying of the North Koreans by allowing the movie "The Interview" to be released despite threats of retaliation. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are hallmarks of American life, and we must jealously guard these values from both internal and external threats. In fact, all of the freedoms guaranteed to American citizens by our Constitution must be steadfastly preserved, or they will be eroded. Vigilance and courage are necessary every day if we are to remain a free society. I am proud of...
  • Sony hackers 'shared' stolen employee login data (Lizard Squad & GOP)

    12/30/2014 8:30:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 December 2014
    30 December 2014 Last updated at 11:33 Sony hackers 'shared' stolen employee login data Data that helped hackers access Sony's internal network came from another group targeting the firm's gaming network, reports the Washington Post. In an interview, a self-proclaimed Lizard Squad member said it had given stolen data to the Guardians of Peace. The GoP has carried out several attacks on Sony in a bid to halt the release of comedy film The Interview. By contrast, the Lizard Squad targeted Sony's PlayStation network knocking it offline on Christmas Day. The man interviewed by the newspaper appears to one of...
  • It Wasn't North Korea Or Russia: Sony Hack "Perpetrator" Said To Be Laid-Off, Disgruntled Employee

    12/30/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    First it was, with "absolute certainly", North Korea. Then, out of the blue, an even more ridiculous theory emerged about the origin of the Sony hackers: Russia. Now, we finally get the truth, and as it turns out it was neither of the abovementioned sovereign actors who had nothing better to do than to hack movie scripts and racist emails: it was Sony's own disgruntled worker who was the source of the hack. According to Politico, FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff,...
  • FBI briefed on alternate Sony hack theory

    12/29/2014 8:10:33 PM PST · by woofie · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/14 | TAL KOPAN
    FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator — another example of the continuing whodunit blame game around the devastating attack. Even the unprecedented decision to release details of an ongoing FBI investigation and President Barack Obama publicly blaming the hermit authoritarian regime hasn’t quieted a chorus of well-qualified skeptics who say the evidence just doesn’t add up. Researchers from the cyber intelligence company Norse have said their own investigation into the data on the Sony attack doesn’t point...
  • Sony Cut 10-Minute Kim Jong-un Gay Orgy Scene From 'The Interview' Before Releasing It To Theaters

    12/28/2014 10:07:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 28, 2014 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    Sony Cut 10-Minute Kim Jong-un Gay Orgy Scene From 'The Interview' Before Releasing It To Theaters Gay-sex scene depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was included in the film's leaked script, but did not appear in film released last week Sony staffers also say North Korean military insignia was removed from soldiers uniforms in the film The movie grossed just $1million on opening day By ASHLEY COLLMAN 28 December 2014 Sony producers censored The Interview when they released the controversial movie last week, editing out at least on racy scene depicting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un participating in a gay...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | December 28, 2014 19:36 GMT | Kim Hyo-jin
    Russia appears striving to boost the demand for its language in North Korea, amid signs that the Cold War allies try to build up strong bilateral relations. Russia's Maritime Province of Siberia donated as many as 1,400 Russian books to North Korea, the Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday. The books vary on the subjects from Russian history, literature, culture, to language. It reported that the state government delegated the donation project to "Russkiy Mir," an orthodox cultural foundation established by Russia's president Vladimir Putin in 2007 as a vehicle for exercising soft power abroad. The foundation delivered the books...
  • North Korea's Internet, 3G Mobile Network 'Paralyzed': Report

    12/28/2014 4:40:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 27, 2014
    North Korea's Internet, 3G Mobile Network 'Paralyzed': Report North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, with the North Korean government blaming the United States for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity had not returned to normal as of 9:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET), Xinhua said, citing reporters in the country that had confirmed the situation over fixed telephone systems. Analysts at global Internet performance firm Dyn Research also reported that North Korea appeared to be suffering another countrywide online blackout. "This time, there wasn't...
  • New theory emerges in Sony hacking suggesting Russian hackers

    12/27/2014 3:45:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Nicole Hensley
    Linguists identified foreign phrasing in about 2,000 words from hacker emails and posts that may have been penned by a Russian native speaker. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Linguists identified foreign phrasing in about 2,000 words from hacker emails and posts that may have been penned by a Russian native speaker. What if it wasn’t North Korea after all? In the controversy over the Sony hacking, government officials have accused the sequestered communist country of hacking Sony, but security analysts argue Russian hackers may be the culprit. Writing samples from hackers claiming responsibility for leaking finance reports and emails by Sony employees suggest...
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

    12/26/2014 4:19:40 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 24, 2014 | No Attribution
    The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction. So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities have officially claimed, the cyber attack on Sony really was the work of an elite group of North Korean government hackers. All the evidence leads me to believe that the...
  • Cultural Winner and Losers, 2014

    12/26/2014 4:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood's power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the "Rock the Vote" gang couldn't help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn't exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California. The year's biggest loser was Sony, which looked pathetically powerless in the wake of an alleged North Korea's hack attack. Worst yet were the people involved. A clearly frustrated George Clooney announced there was no one in that industry willing to sign a...
  • North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts

    12/25/2014 7:45:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/25/14 | Chris Spargo
    The FBI just last week confirmed what many Americans already assumed to be a forgone conclusion when they revealed there was conclusive evidence that North Korea´s government was behind the hacking of Sony, an attack the government bureau said was carried out as a way ´to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.´ Then, in a press conference on Friday, President Obama not only attacked North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un for their attempts to ´intimidate´ Americans through their actions, but went so far as to warn the country that
  • North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack.. insider named 'Lena' may be responsible. (truncated)

    12/25/2014 1:31:49 PM PST · by dynachrome · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-25-14 | CHRIS SPARGO
    he FBI last week announced that they had discovered conclusive evidence proving the North Korean government was behind the Sony hack President Obama then attacked the country for their behavior during a news conference, and informed them that the United States would retaliate Now, the findings of the FBI are being called into question by many of the cybersecurity industry's leading experts What's more, after an independent investigation, Norse has determined that they believe a woman named 'Lena' is responsible for the hack Almost every expert stated that they believe the hack had to have been an inside job
  • Copies of Team America sell out on Amazon and Walmart...

    12/24/2014 9:47:59 PM PST · by matt1234 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Jack Crone
    DVD copies of Team America: World Police have sold out on Amazon and Walmart following the controversy surrounding fellow North Korean parody The Interview. The 2004 comedy, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, uses a cast of puppets to poke fun at former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and a host of Hollywood celebrities. The movie has now become a hit again - following Sony's cancelled and reinstated release of The Interview, a film based on an assassination plot of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
  • North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film

    12/24/2014 9:40:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    WP ^ | December 24, 2014
    North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film By Associated Press December 24 at 5:21 PM UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it likely will have no “physical reaction,” just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. A North Korea diplomat to the United Nations told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his country opposes the film’s release online and in over 300 U.S. theaters this week.
  • Sony streams 'The Interview' online and makes Hollywood history (1 PM Eastern Time $6 bucks)

    12/24/2014 3:15:50 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/24/2014 | CNN
    A bit of Hollywood history unfolded on Wednesday. And it might be a glimpse into the future. The controversial Sony Pictures comedy "The Interview" was released on YouTube, Google Play, the Microsoft Xbox video game console, and a special Web site. The movie, which started streaming online around 1 p.m. ET, costs $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy. So it is having historic simultaneous release in both living rooms and, come Christmas Day, about 300 independently-owned theaters across the United States.
  • Rush Limbaugh: James Bond can't be black like Idris Elba!

    12/24/2014 5:00:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 83 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/23/14 | Daniel Gates
    **SNIP** After mentioning the Sony emails and telling his listeners who Elba is, Limbaugh said, “Here’s the thing, though… James Bond is a fictional character, obviously. James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming… and James Bond is… white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is.” “But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland,” continued Limbaugh. “But that’s NOT who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out… We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond...
  • James Franco Tweet [Praises Obama, Guarantees I won't see The Interview]

    12/24/2014 3:25:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    twitter | 12/23/14 | James Franco
    VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters…
  • ‘The Interview’ Release: More Than 300 Theaters Aboard As Deadline Passes

    12/24/2014 2:59:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Deadline ^ | December 23, 2014 | Lisa de Moraes and Nellie Andreeva
    ‘The Interview’ Release: More Than 300 Theaters Aboard As Deadline Passes by Lisa de Moraes and Nellie Andreeva December 23, 2014 6:14pm 2ND UPDATE. 6:22 PM: Sony Pictures’ president of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer tonight told Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr that more than 300 theaters lined up to screen The Interview. That total includes most major cities — New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland, Phoenix and Dallas among them — and more theaters than anyone expected considering the late notice and the fact Sony is finalizing plans to simultaneously release The Interview via a VOD/streaming strategy. 'The Interview' Release: Who's...
  • The Interview: US cinemas to screen Sony film on Christmas Day

    12/23/2014 12:01:24 PM PST · by moose07 · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 December 2014 | BBC Staff
    The North Korea comedy film that had its Christmas Day launch cancelled after a major cyber attack and threats against US cinema-goers is now to get a limited theatrical release, Sony says. The Interview will be shown in some independent US cinemas on Thursday. Sony Chairman Michael Lynton said he was "excited" that the comedy, about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, would now be seen. Two cinemas in Atlanta and Austin have already revealed screenings. They said via social media that Sony Pictures had authorised them to show the film, which has been at the centre...
  • North Korea Internet hit by 2 more outages

    12/23/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    WCNC ^ | December 23, 2014 | Doug Stanglin and Elizabeth Weise
    North Korea Internet hit by 2 more outages Doug Stanglin and Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY 2:07 p.m. EST December 23, 2014 North Korea's Internet service, which was out for almost 10 hours on Monday, went down two more times on Tuesday, including a 31-minute stretch, according to Dyn Research. The Manchester, N.H., company that tracks internet traffic and performance said "connectivity problems continue." The initial instability emerged Sunday followed by the full shutdown for nine and and a half hours on Monday. The two outages onTuesday included one that lasted from10:41 a.m. ET to 11:12 a.m.ET.
  • Sony to make “The Interview” available to theaters, video on demand on Christmas Day after all

    12/23/2014 12:01:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/23/2014 | AllahPundit
    Good news. I wonder what changed their minds. The plan is to release the film simultaneously in participating theaters and via video on demand. The Plaza theater in Atlanta and a theater in Austin have now said they will distribute the film…A plan to distribute “The Interview” over Dish Network fell apart after talks between Sony and the satellite TV provider broke down over the weekend.The exact list of distributors was not immediately available, but the Art House Convergence, a national coalition of smaller, independent movie theaters, on Monday told Sony Pictures that its members are also willing and...
  • SELECT US THEATERS SAY THEY’LL SHOW ‘THE INTERVIEW’ THURSDAY

    12/23/2014 11:58:49 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | AP
    Several movie theaters said they will begin showing “The Interview” Thursday, seemingly putting the comedy back in theaters after Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its release. The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas said on Tuesday that Sony has authorized it to screen the film starting Christmas Day. Atlanta’s Plaza Theater also said it will show the film.
  • Sony Set To Announce ‘The Interview,’ Theatrical, VOD Release (Exclusive)

    12/23/2014 9:58:02 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies
    The Wrap ^ | December 23, 2014 | Sharon Waxman o
    After a national clamor to release the film despite threats, Sony finds a way to get the comedy out there Sony Pictures is set to release the canceled Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” in theaters and on video on demand, TheWrap has learned. The plan is to release the film simultaneously in participating theaters and via video on demand. The Plaza theater in Atlanta and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin have now said they will distribute the film. The studio is expected to announce the planned release on Tuesday, according to an individual with knowledge of the studio’s plans.
  • Sony could launch The Interview on YouTube: Firm is considering releasing the controversial film

    12/23/2014 6:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Following cinema chains across the US pulling Sony Pictures' The Interview, the California-based firm is now considering ways in which the controversial film can be shown online. Sites such as YouTube, Netflix and Crackle are among the options currently being discussed to make sure the film gets distributed. During an interview with CNN, Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton said the movie will be released, but it just needs to work out the best way of doing so.
  • North Korea's Internet still spotty

    12/23/2014 4:37:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | December 23, 2014 | Dana Ford
    North Korea's Internet still spotty By Dana Ford, CNN December 23, 2014 -- Updated 1037 GMT (1837 HKT) (CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posed at 535 a.m. ET] Internet service in North Korea is still intermittent, Dyn Research, a company that monitors Internet performance, announced on Twitter Tuesday morning. Service went down completely for about nine hours earlier, Dyn Research said.
  • Did North Korea Really Attack Sony? It's too early to take the U.S. government at its word.

    12/22/2014 2:16:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/22/2014 | BRUCE SCHNEIER
    I am deeply skeptical of the FBI’s announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s Sony hack. The agency’s evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believing it. But I also have trouble believing that the U.S. government would make the accusation this formally if officials didn’t believe it. Clues in the hackers’ attack code seem to point in all directions at once. The FBI points to reused code from previous attacks associated with North Korea, as well as similarities in the networks used to launch the attacks. Korean language in the code also suggests a...
  • North Korea goes completely offline: Report

    12/22/2014 1:57:53 PM PST · by Colehill1999 · 220 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12-22-14 | Everett Rosenfeld
    North Korea is having major Internet problems, just days after President Barack Obama promised a proportional response to the devastating hacks against Sony. The country, which the FBI accused last week of the cyberattack, is suffering a total Internet outage that experts at DYN Research said is out of the ordinary, as first reported by North Korea Tech. According to the research firm, North Korea's Internet connectivity grew steadily worse beginning Sunday night, and then went completely offline Monday morning. "I haven't seen such a steady beat of routing instability and outages in KP before," Doug Madory, director of Internet...
  • Failure Against North Korea: Bill Whittle's Fiery Take on Sony’s Hack

    12/22/2014 12:12:46 PM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | Bill Whittle/PJ Media
    Watch a rare peak into PJTV’s Member series, Hot Seat w/ Bill Whittle. Is freedom of speech a thing of the past, now that N. Korea shut down Sony’s movie?
  • US urges N. Korea to compensate Sony for cyberattack (Did we say Pretty Please?)

    12/22/2014 11:42:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | December 22,2014 | Staff
    The United States urged North Korea on Monday to admit it ordered a cyberattack on the Hollywood studio Sony Pictures and to pay for the damage it had caused. "If they want to help here they could admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages that they caused," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters. Washington accuses Pyongyang of being behind the hack that led to the release of embarrassing company emails and caused Sony executives to halt the debut of the comedy action film "The Interview."
  • Watch Dr. Evil mock Sony Pictures and North Korea on SNL

    12/22/2014 10:08:10 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/21/14
    Of course SNL had to get a few digs in at the Sony hacks this week, and Mike Myers returned as Dr. Evil himself to do the digging. During the show's cold open, the old Austin Powers villain said that Sony, North Korea, and the GOP were all giving evil organizations a bad name. And over The Interview, of all things. "Look, I saw The Interview," he said, addressing Sony (which apparently hasn't had a hit since the Walkman). "It was charming. But if you really want to put a bomb in a theater, do what I did: put in...
  • N Korea threatens attacks on USA after being blamed for Sony hacking

    12/22/2014 8:36:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 12/22/2014 | By Song Jung-a in Seoul
    North Korea has warned of strikes against key sites in the US in retaliation for Washington blaming Pyongyang for the recent Sony cyber attack, saying any US punishment over the incident would lead to damage “thousands of times greater”. Late on Sunday North Korea’s National Defence Commission said President Barack Obama was “recklessly” spreading rumours that Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack. Sony has pulled The Interview , a satirical film depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after the hacking and subsequent threats of terrorist attacks against cinemas that screened it. The NDC said its 1.2m-member...
  • Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony?

    12/22/2014 2:58:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2014/12/21 | Gordon G. Chang
    Did China Help North Korea Hack Sony? A “senior administration official” told CNN yesterday that Washington had asked Beijing for assistance in connection with the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corporation. “We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns about this attack, and to ask for their cooperation,” the official told the network. To enlist the Chinese to its side, the White House has avoided the ticklish issue of Beijing’s assistance to the Kim regime. So at the moment the Obama administration is blaming North Korea—and only North Korea—for the...
  • Don’t Blame Sony – Blame Obama and the Tort System

    12/22/2014 2:28:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It's shameful that a company like Sony would go groveling to a deceitful, tyrannical, un-American thug, but this column is not about Sony’s sucking up to Al Sharpton. This column is about a tort system that is dedicated not to justice but to making lawyers richer, and it comes not only at the price of American prosperity but at the cost of our liberty as well. Certainly, Sony has a yellow streak as wide as Seth Rogen’s gut. Its creepy supplication to that race-hustling, MSNBC troll shows its true cowardly character, since Sharpton – unlike North Korea – doesn’t have...
  • Obama has no idea how to handle North Korean attack on private citizens

    12/21/2014 5:26:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Outgoing CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with President Barack Obama for his final interview of the year on Friday in which she probed him over his government’s response to the North Korea-linked cyber-attack on Sony Studios. Crowley asked if the administration considered the costly and dramatic attack on the livelihoods of American citizens, complete with ultimatums warning of future attacks unless Sony behaved in a manner preferred by the attackers, represented an act of war. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war,” Obama said. “I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly,...
  • Hacking Collective Anonymous Says FBI Is Lying, "North Korea Is Not Source Of Hack"

    12/21/2014 3:27:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/21/14 | tyler durden
    Having confirmed unequivocally, in a statement by the FBI and reiterated by President Obama, that "the North Korean government is responsible" for hacking Sony, it appears the YouTube-less 'evidence' the FBI provided is being questioned by the hacking-collective 'Anonymous' and former Lulzsec hacker Sabu. As The Daily Beast reports, the hackers blasted, the North Koreans "don’t have the technical capabilities," and added "we all know the hacks didn't come from North Korea, and "all of the evidence FBI cites would be trivial things to do if a hacker was trying to misdirect attention to DPRK." Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, Guardians...
  • Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel (luxury pad - in China)

    12/21/2014 9:34:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/20/14 | Michael Daly
    North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China. The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advisor review for the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, China. For just $53, you get “a deluxe twin room,” including a North Korean breakfast considerably more substantial than those enjoyed by the vast majority of...
  • Sony plans to release ‘The Interview’ on Crackle for free

    12/21/2014 11:52:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/21/2014 | By Dana Sauchelli
    Sony’s current plan for “The Interview’’ is to release the controversial comedy for free on Crackle, the streaming service it owns, sources said Sunday.
  • Home Sony Pictures Caves to More Hacker Demands Wipes 'Interview' From Social Media

    12/21/2014 4:55:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    TMZ ^ | December 20, 2014 | Staff
    Looks like the "Guardians of Peace" scored another victory ... Sony quietly gave in to another hacker demand by wiping almost all traces of "The Interview" from its social media pages. Hackers threatened top level Sony execs Friday saying, "We want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately." The movie studio almost immediately obliged ... the movie's Twitter page no longer has any tweets, the Facebook page has been deleted and all "Interview" footage has been wiped from its YouTube page.
  • Just realized: Media cares more about NORKS stopping MOVIE than NORKS building nukes

    12/20/2014 6:34:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/20/14 | sff
    Looking at the vast attention given to this Sony hack, I began to realize today that the media, egged on by Team Jarrett, is REALLY UPSET that a MOVIE was not going to be released. Compare this, though, to the NORKS efforts to build missiles and bombs that could annihilate millions of lives and leave cities radioactive for decades..... You can barely get the media to care.... Same goes for Iran. Let Iran's leader make an untoward remark about society or something.....the media talks. Iran building weapons to destroy Israel or sell to other terrorists to be used against America?...